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Ten Good Reasons We Don’t Answer the Phone Anymore

Why don’t you answer the phone?

We get this question a lot. This was a controversial policy when we first introduced it, but we are standing by it. Here are ten good reasons why.

Reason 1 – The Final Straw

We made the decision to stop answering our store phone in 2017 when we discovered that some people were arriving at our store when there were line-ups and then calling the store from the parking lot in order to jump to the front of the line.

At this point we decided that fair is fair. Customers who take the time to come into our store deserve excellent service. They do not deserve to have impatient people with cell phones jumping in line ahead of them.

Reason 2 – Background Noise and Crappy Reception

People call us from cell phones with crappy reception and all kinds of background noise. So we can’t understand them. People call us from cell phones and refuse to hold the microphones near their mouths. So we can’t understand them. People call us with language/accent issues. So we can’t understand them.

Please forgive us for not being smart enough to understand every one of the world’s many and diverse accents when we are talking to somebody we don’t know on cell phone with crappy reception and a whole lot of background noise. When a customer is standing in front of us in the store where we can see facial expressions and body language, we can always figure things out. So our preference is to deal with customers in person. This is the best way to ensure to everybody, regardless of where in the world their accent is from, gets the best service possible.

Reason 3 – Lack of Knowledge

People call us asking questions when they really don’t have enough information to ask the right question. Example: people will call us from Sport Chek asking us if we sell “the blue Babolat tennis racquet.” We sell lots of blue Babolat tennis racquets. Which model? Which year? Which length? Which weight? Graphite or Fused Graphite. We need more information than customers are usually able to give us over the phone. Trying to help somebody over the phone who does not have enough knowledge to ask the right the questions is not helpful to them. Customers who want technical advice like this, really need to come into our store and talk to an expert face to face. If they aren’t willing to do that, then we can’t give them good service.

Reason 4 – Price Checks

Our prices are on our website. They can be accessed 24/7. There is no need to call us for price checks.

Reason 5 – Inventory Checks

Some customers call us to find out if we have something specific in stock in store. Today. Right now.

We used to answer these questions. Then the customer would take a week (or more) to come into the store, by which time the thing they were looking for was gone. Or the color they wanted was gone. Or they would not come in at all. Or they would come in to find out that they asked the wrong questions about the wrong thing and would then blame it on our staff. They only way to prevent these issues is to conduct business in-store in person. That is the best way to ensure the best service.

Here’s a tip. If you want to know we have something in-store, come into the store and ask us. If you don’t want to waste a trip on something we might not have, order it online and choose SHIP TO STORE. We will notify you when it gets here.

Reason 6 – The Amazon Problem

Another major reason we stopped offering telephone service is the number of times a day that people would call our experts, keep them on the phone for 30 minutes, grill them about every detail, and then flat out tell us that they were buying the thing from Amazon. Really, dude? GFY. If you want to know about products being sold on Amazon, call Amazon. If you want customer service from us, visit an expert in-store.

Reason 7 – No Pen

Customers would call us with a long list of questions. We would say: “OK. Do you have a pen to write this down?” The response would be: “Oh. I’m sorry. I’m in my car on my way to Banff right now. Can you just send me an email?” … Click.

Reason 8 – The Secretary

This one is major waste of everybody’s time. The boss tells the secretary to call us to order a $300 racquet. The secretary — who really has no idea what she is ordering — relays the order to us by phone. We fill the order and customize the racquet based on the secretary’s words. Then we ship the order to the boss who immediately says the order is wrong. Of course, the secretary insists that she did everything right and we are to blame. Solution: bosses (or their secretaries) can place orders online. No need for phone service in this instance.

Reason 9 – Mr. Last Minute

The phone rings.

Voice: “Do you have time to string a racquet today?”
Staff: “Possibly. What kind of racquet?”
Voice: “It’s a Head racquet.”
Staff: “Is it for tennis, squash, badminton, or racquetball?”
Voice: “Tennis.”
Staff: “OK. I would have to see the racquet before I can make any promises, but we MAY be able to string it today.”
Voice: “I need it back today.”
Staff: “OK. There are 19 racquets ahead of you right now. So if you want to jump to the front of the line ahead of all of those other customers you can do it, but you have to pay for one-hour rush stringing.”
Voice: “How much is it?”
Staff: “Rush stringing is $XX.00 plus the price of the string.”
Voice: “What? That’s outrageous. I can get it done at this other place for less.”
Staff: “Cool. Is there anything else I can help you with.”
Voice: “I’m giving you a one-star review.”
Staff: “I’m sure you would give us zero stars, if you could.”

Reason 10 – The 30-Minute Call Problem

When a customer with a problem comes into our store in person, we can usually solve it in a few minutes. When we try to solve the same problem over the phone, it invariably takes 30 minutes. So please visit us in-store in person where we can help you solve your problems in a fraction of the time it takes to solve them over the phone.

The Bottom Line


The bottom line is that we want to offer our customers good service. We can’t do that over the phone. So please make an appointment and visit us in person.

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We Buy Used Tennis Racquets

We buy premium tennis frames from the following brands

  • Babolat
  • Yonex
  • Tecnifibre

We do not buy any other brands.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be 100% graphite premium frames.
  • We do not buy aluminum or fused graphite.
  • Remove all strings. We won’t even look at racquets with string in them.
  • Frames must not be more than 12 years old.
  • They must be clean – clean them with windex first then soap and water.
  • There must be no tape anywhere on the racquet.
  • Bumper guard must be intact – no broken bumper guards
  • If the grip/overgrip is not pristine, it must be removed.
  • Grommets must be intact.

COMPENSATION

    $80.00 store credit, if purchased from us.
    $40.00 store credit if purchased elsewhere.

HOW TO SELL THEM

Bring them into the store. Do not call. Do not email.

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Appointments

What do you want to do?


1. Shop/Browse
Due to the pandemic, we are not open for browsing/shopping right now. We have reorganized our store to a service counter set up (like Memory Express). Customers who just want to browse and check out prices can do that on our website. At present, we do not allow customers to wander around the store and handle merchandise.


2. Try-One-Before-You-Buy-One Racquet Demo Program
Our racquet demo program allows customers an opportunity to try racquets before buying them. The program is run out of the store and customers must attend the store in person in order to participate. If you wish to enter our demo program, or if you are already participating and want to make an appointment to swap out demo racquets, you can do that here


3. Request a SAFE Shoe Fitting Appointment
If you are coming into our store to try on shoes, we need to make sure that no other customers have touched the shoes you will be trying on in the past 24 hours. This requires coordination, especially for the most common sizes. Requiring appointments is the only way to organize this. Please make appointments at least three days ahead of time.


4. Request appointment (for something other than shoes).
Our goal is to communicate with customers as much as possible by email in order to minimize the need for face-to-face conversations. If you choose to make an appointment, please allow a few days lead time so that we can communicate via email before your visit. This will reduce risk on both sides.

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Covid 19 Information

Summary

  1. Our pandemic rules are strict. Our store is clean. Our environment is safe.
  2. Please book an appointment before you come.
  3. Shoe fittings are conducted by appointment only. No walk-ins are permitted.
  4. When an appointment is booked, customer contact info is collected for use in an outbreak.
  5. No browsing – We are a service counter only.
  6. Masks required for ALL ages. No exceptions. No exemptions.
  7. Minimize Risk – Order online – Pickup in-store.

Browsing

We have re-configured our store to prevent browsing. We have moved to a service counter arrangement. Under this new configuration, customers who enter the store are greeted by a service counter. An expert serves them at the counter.

If necessary, customers are invited behind the counter for service. Otherwise, all transactions occur at the customer service counter.

Service Counter Store Interior

These changes to our layout make cleaning up between visits faster than ever. They also ensure that asymptomatic customers are not walking around the store touching items and potentially spreading the virus passively to other customers.

Phase 2 Rules and Policies

Rule 1 – Masks are required to enter the store. No exceptions.

Customers who don’t want to wear masks can shop on our website.

Rule 2 – Customers who are not being served, must wait outside until we invite them in.

Given the size of our store, it is just not possible to social distance properly.

Rule 3 – No Returns

Due to the possibility of transmission, we are not accepting returns while the pandemic is underway.

Walk-ins & Appointments

In order to keep customers spread out and allow cleaning of our service counters between visits, we are requiring customers to make appointments.

Request appointment

Filling out the appointment request form cuts down on the amount of time needed for each transaction in-store and increases the speed of contact tracing should that ever be necessary.

Customers with appointments are guaranteed entry at their scheduled time. They will be alone in our store with our experts for their entire visit.

They do not have to worry about any other customers entering our store during their visit.

Walk-in customers (customers without appointments) will not be served.

Appointment Tips

Tip 1 – Make appointments two or more days ahead of time. Last minute appointments are unlikely.

Tip 2 – Do not call to make an appointment. Appointments are set up by email so that dates and times are in writing. We do not accept appointment requests by telephone.

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Try Before You Buy | Tecnifibre Squash Racquets

Altra Running Shoe Demos

Racquet Network customers test drive more than 1000 badminton, tennis, squash and pickleball racquets every year.

Tecnifibre ™ squash racquets are amongst our most popular for in-store customers who want to try before they buy. As a result, we offer more Tecnifibre racquets demos than anybody else. We even have doubles of the most popular Tecnifibre racquets.

Our Try Before You Buy program allows customers to spend up to month test driving a variety of racquets.

For more information, please come into the store and talk to an expert at 310 2525 Woodview Dr SW. We are open 7 days a week.


Tecnifibre Squash Racquets

Many — but not all — of the Tecnifibre racquets that we sell are included in our Try Before You Buy program. Please visit us in-store for details.

Racquet Selector For a full list of racquets in this category, please check out our ONLINE RACQUET SELECTOR. You can sort by sport, gender, brand, size, weight, balance and more.